Nearly every neighborhood has it's own poofy pink claim to fame, even naughty Roppongi. On the way to the clubs, stop by Tokyo Midtown. The road at the back and side of the complex has 150 trees that are floodlit at night.
Every change of season evokes emotions, but spring, charging out of winter's cold dark with renewed life and brighter days, seems our most beloved. New hopes bloom like flowers springing back from roots we feared lost to numbing ice.
Each spring Robert goes in silence to stand beneath the thicket of pink. And we call to hear how the tree has burst again in its fullness. We close our eyes as he tells us the story we want to hear, and we feel possible all over.
One of Japan's most celebrated cultural treasures, "Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings" by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington through April 29.
Japanese culture is all about rituals, like the ritual of "hanami" or flower-viewing. It'll take a while for Coloradans to be able to picnic under the trees at Green Valley Ranch, but it'll be a beautiful ritual when they do.
Every year, thousands of tourists flock to our nation's capitol for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival is now taking place -- but without the spectacular blooms. A freak weather anomaly? No. It's consistent with an undeniable trend.
Amid March Madness, with "mind-boggling" high temperature records outpacing low temperature records, one has to wonder when people might start hoarding agricultural products damaged by this climate change driven global weirding.
A visit to Washington, DC in the spring is always exciting, but this season the 'wow" factor in the nation's capital goes up a notch with the 100th Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14.